In My Garden

Flower Gardening

10 Flower Meanings & What They Symbolize

Floriography – the Language of Flower Meanings Flowers have always had a symbolic meaning and we still connect some of those old ideas with flowers in the modern age. It goes back to very old times in Japan, a tradition called Hanakotoba which is a Japanese word for associating flowers with various meanings and gestures…

Critters & Crawlers

Carpenter Bees: Friend or Foe?

 Should we like Carpenter Bees or not? I guess first of all, I need to confess that I find it hard to tell the difference between these two pollinators, the bumblebee and the carpenter bee. The photos that I have used here, I think, are of the carpenter bee. It seems they like to “rest”…

Hints Tips Tutorials

My Gardening Tips

It’s a great looking Monday and predicted to be rainy, but here are a few helpful hints to use in your garden. Check them out and let me know if they help you.  I like the saucer or sled idea…..and I think I could make a hypertufa from it too! Muddy shoes? I do get…

Flower Gardening

Happy and Colorful Snapdragons

Today let’s talk about Antirrhinum or Snapdragons Colorful snapdragons are beautiful spiked flowers which last all summer. Perfect for any garden. Plant these from seed and you can have vases and vases of cut flowers all season. These wonderful and slightly fragrant flowers bloom endlessly all summer, so go ahead and enjoy them inside. And…

Flower Gardening

Plant Pick : Ajuga reptans: Living Mulch

How could you not love this plant? A beauty in sun or shade, beautiful blossoms, attracts hummingbirds, is there much more you can ask of a plant? (Warning: In some states or areas, this plant, along with Creeping Jenny, is considered invasive. Check with your local extension office to be sure before you plant. Invasive…

Flower Gardening

Mums and More Mums

I really love the colors of mums! Aren’t there so many colors available?  Even two tones on the same blossom. I have seen so many mums this year, and the colors are just wonderful.  In my garden, I have the deep pink color and some light pink. And yellow too! The full name is chrysanthemum…

Flower Gardening

Weeds – I Have An Endless Supply

Is there such a thing as a weed-free garden? I have so many annoying weeds that I must continue with my complaining and whining. Do Martha Stewart and P Allen Smith have weeds? I suppose they do. But how many gardeners work it for them?  Of course, their gardens are huge and mine would fit…